MacMullan: Hearing KG will be back next season

MacMullan: Hearing KG will be back next season
May 31, 2013, 10:15 am
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The Bruins are in the midst of a Stanley Cup run, the Red Sox are getting into the heart of the season, and the Patriots are starting up OTAs.

There's been little to no news surrounding the Celtics as of late, and that's due to a 6-foot-11 power forward who may be holding the team up decision-wise.

Jackie MacMullan from ESPNBoston joined Gary Tanguay and Andy Gresh on CSNNE's UNO Sports Tonight to discuss where the Celtics are at right now in their premature offseason.

"Who holds all the cards? Kevin Garnett," MacMullan said. "Kevin Garnett may or may not need surgery, we haven't heard either way. That might determine whether he wants to come back for another year. I'm hearing that he wants to come back for one year. That's what I'm hearing right now. So if he comes back for one more year- he holds all the cards, he has a no-trade clause, he can kind of call the shots here. If he comes back, maybe he says 'Well, I'm not coming back unless Pierce comes back.

"Maybe you make a trade for Pierce at the deadline. You have deadlines with Pierce. Pierce holds none of the cards. So it all depends on KG. So that's why nothing's happened yet. Because I don't think KG's fully decided, A) if he needs surgery, B) if he was going to do the surgery, C) if he wants to come back. I think if he wants to come back he'll probably play for Boston. So that's why you haven't heard anything, because we're all waiting for KG."

But while Danny Ainge and co. wait for KG's word, they are undoubtedly looking at all options just in case. If KG says he's done, the cards will fall in another direction.

"Then you can definitely wave goodbye to Paul Pierce," MacMullan said. "And listen, we all know they love Paul Millsap. We all know that. Can they put together a sign-and-trade package? Can they sign him outright, can they clear enough money? I don't think so. But we also know that Al Jefferson is out there. Do they take Al Jefferson back, who's not going to be as coveted as Paul Millsap for obvious reasons, injury history, and so on. Is that plausible?"

Doc Rivers is another coach that hasn't fully, publicly committed to coaching next season, but MacMullan doesn't seem too concerned about that. He should be back.

"He's the highest paid coach in the league," she said. "Pop gets more money, but he has more duties, more responsibilities, Gregg Popovich. Do you think he's going to walk away from all that money? Because if he goes to TNT or wherever, first of all he's not going to make that and second of all, I think it's going to be a little thorny before they let him out of that deal. I think eventually they will."